COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- Organizers of the inaugural CForce Chuck Norris 5K race and fundraiser tell KBTX the sold out event will start and finish at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the Texas A&M campus.
At the fundraiser on Saturday, May 4, there will be an attempt to set the world record for the most people in one place to be dressed as Chuck Norris.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Kickstart Kids, a martial arts character development non-profit organization, formed by Chuck and Gena Norris in 1990, and Mercy Project, a local non-profit organization based in Bryan/College Station that works to eradicate child slavery in Ghana, Africa.
"The library is a really special place to the Norris family," said Mercy Project Founder and Executive Director Chris Field. "Chuck and Gena were close friends with President Bush, and he was instrumental in their starting of their Kickstart Kids."
"President Bush and Chuck Norris used to jog together; they've jumped out of a plane together," said Field. "They were good friends, and so it's really neat to have it come full circle."
Field said he first met Chuck and Gena through CForce, the Norrises' bottled water company that opened in Grimes County in 2017.
"We asked them if they could sponsor the BCS Marathon and be the water supplier for the event, and they were really gracious and generous and agreed to be part of it," Field said. "As that relationship grew, I came up with the idea of actually getting Chuck involved in a race."
In less than two weeks after announcing the Chuck Norris 5K race, the event was sold out to 5,000 participants from all across the country.
The event has already attracted national media attention, and Field says international media outlets are expected to be in the area to cover the race in May.
Even though it's sold out, Field says the community is still encouraged to come out and see all the Chuck Norris costumes and cheer on the runners. The exact route on and near the A&M campus hasn't yet been determined, but that information should be available soon.
There will also be music playing, face painting for the kids, and bounce houses.
Fore more details about the race and FAQs for participants, click here on this link to be directed to the official CForce Chuck Norris 5k website.